First case of novel coronavirus confirmed in Georgia
The first case of novel Chinese coronavirus has been confirmed in Georgia. A 50-year-old Georgian man, who arrived on February 25 from Iran to Georgia through Azerbaijan, tested positive on coronavirus.
Ekaterine Tikaradze, Georgian Minister of IDPs, Labor, Health and Social Affairs reported at a special briefing held at the Governmental Administration that the man was traveling on business in Iran during one week. He traveled together with a friend, and both persons were directly transferred to the hospital from Red Bridge border checkpoint.
The infected man is currently placed at an isolated bloc of the Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases. His health is said to be satisfactory.
As Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Diseases Control and Public Health explained during the briefing, the test result came from Lugar Research Center and for more certainty the test was conducted three times.
A. Gamkrelidze called on the population for not panicking and claimed that the rate of fatality of coronavirus is only 2% though the virus is highly contagious.
China reported another 433 cases and 29 deaths today -- bringing the national total to 78 497 cases and 2 744 deaths.
As for the deaths outside mainland China: Iran: 19, South Korea: 13, Italy: 12, Japan: 7, Hong Kong and France: 2 each, The Philippines and Taiwan: 1 each.